Reposition of the Blessed Sacrament

In Paul Turner's Blog by Paul Turner

Q: I am an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, a commissioned Minister of Care and a commissioned Lector.  I was designated by our paster and other clergies, that if none of them are available to reposition the Blessed Sacrament after the adoration I need to do it.  My question is, is there anything special I need to do? 

We sing Oh Sacrament Most Holy.. while I go genuflect and take out the luna and bring it to the tabernacle for reposition.  Will you please tell me if I am doing it correctly?  Thank you.


A: The appropriate liturgical book you need is Holy Communion and Worship of the Eucharistic Mystery outside Mass, which can now be pre-ordered from five publishers. It describes the ceremony for exposition, adoration and reposition. You may have a copy of the first English translation in your parish sacristy. Look especially for paragraphs 91, 92, 98 and 99. 

Basically, what you’re doing is fine. Incense would be appropriate. You recite a final prayer, place the sacrament in the tabernacle, genuflect, close the doors and depart.

My book Eucharistic Reservation gives you more detail.